Sailing through this Storm? Capital Flows in Asia during the Crisis

HKIMR Working Paper No. 20/2011

50 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2011

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Cédric Tille

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEI)

Date Written: July 27, 2011

Abstract

The current crisis has led to an unprecedented collapse in international capital flows, with substantial heterogeneity across regions. Asian economies were relatively unaffected, despite having been the center of the storm in the crisis of the late 1990s. The contraction in capital flows for Asian countries was limited to the most acute phase of the crisis following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, after which capital flows rebounded. We find that the stronger performance of Asia primarily reflects its more limited reliance on international banking compared to Europe and the United States. We find little evidence that the drivers of capital flows had a differentiated impact in Asia. Finally, we show that while higher initial levels of foreign reserves did not insulate countries from a turnaround in private capital flows, a larger use of reserves at the height of the crisis limited the contraction in gross private outflows.

Keywords: International Capital Flows, Banking Integration, Crisis

Suggested Citation

Tille, Cedric, Sailing through this Storm? Capital Flows in Asia during the Crisis (July 27, 2011). HKIMR Working Paper No. 20/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1895973 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1895973

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